Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State says he has kept his commitment with workers in the state and has made sure that the N2.6 billion wage bill of the state was paid without excuse, despite the heavy burden brought on the state by the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said there is no denying the fact that the Boko Haram insurgency had adversely affected the state, especially with heavy commitment on internally displaced persons and dwindling internally generated revenue, IGR.
“But that not notwithstanding “no worker in Borno State was owed his/her salary in the last 60 months, covering June, 2011 to May, 2016,” the governor boasted.
Shettima made this declaration while hosting members of the Borno Elders Forum and the business community in the state to a brief breaking-of-the-Ramadan-fast ceremony at the Government House on Monday night.
He noted that though it was sometimes very difficult he made it a duty to regularly provide N2.6 billion every month to pay salaries while at the same time making expenditures on feeding of internally displaced persons and carrying out other government functions in the last five years.
“Ordinarily, I don’t consider payment of salaries as achievement because salaries are debts, people worked and should be paid. However, in today’s Nigeria, payment of salaries has become rare and this makes it an achievement especially for a State like Borno which has been battling with serious security challenges and spending billions on that,” Governor Shettima said.
“We made it a duty to inject funds into the system through prompt payment of salaries by 25th of every month even while we were dealing with serious crisis of rebuilding communities from 2011 to date. We had to pay salaries because workers were at a point the only buyers of commodities, traders relied on salaries for the economy to be active. We had to consistently inject N2.6 billion for salaries of workers every month and that money circulated around markets.”
He promised that his government will continue to sustain the salaries especially with the ongoing biometric exercise that is designed to eliminate ghost workers and cut down the state’s salary bill.